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EA Origins Keeps Your Games After One Year

by on June 15, 2011

Steam users are used to buying their games, having their wallets raped on weekend sales and being able to download their purchased games any time they want…but that isn’t the case with EA’s Origin which has already pulled their newest games from Steam’s Library.

According to a disclaimer on EA’s website, users who purchase any game from EA Origins may only download or access the game for a limit of one year before they might need to repurchase the title again to keep….unlike Steam’s system where the game stays on your account for good without the need of a repurchase.

Some gamers are pissed off at EA’s plan to give out special weapon unlocks to whoever pre-orders Battlefield 3 but as Vicky put it in another post, why get mad when the guns don’t unbalance the game? On the other hand, pulling games from Steam seems to push more gamers to the point of unleashing their nerd rage and boycott EA even more.

It’ll be a matter of time before EA goes crawling back to Steam….just maybe.

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  • June 15, 2011 at 2:16 PM

    I’m rooting for Steam on this one.

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    • June 15, 2011 at 9:40 PM

      I am too. Steam has the whole thing down pretty much and EA is just trying to tap into that market without looking at what makes steam so successful. IMO I think that the community within Steam is a big part of their success.

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  • June 16, 2011 at 11:10 AM

    Steam is going to win this battle, Steam has a good community, always has good sales, and they actually allow you to keep your games forever, unlike EA, whose Origin system is confusing, making you buy the same game every year (cash cow anyone?), and probably has a weak community

    Cheers for Steam!

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  • June 16, 2011 at 7:39 PM

    Oh man I got Mass Effect 1 and 2 for 15 dollars during…an EA Steam sale. How amusing. And got Alien Swarm for free. When EA starts doing better than Steam I’ll give them a look, until then I will stick with Steam and say thankee.

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  • June 17, 2011 at 11:52 AM

    I normally wouldn’t care about this. But I wanted to buy Alice:Madness Returns for someone, and it’s only on this Origin thing which doesn’t have a gifting option.

    So EA can say “oh this isn’t competing with Valve at all” as much as they want, but it is, and it’s an inferior service.

    So I hope it goes away, or they at least add a gifting option


  • July 29, 2011 at 8:22 AM

    first off, it’s 24 months, not 12. secondly, steam has the exact same clause, execpt they do not have a time limit. they can do this immediately if they so choose. lastly, many people have been getting scared over this necasuse of this kind of fearmongering, it has been posted on several sites, several times, by people that hae had ea accounts before it became origin, that they have never had a game removed. that in fact, when by some mistake the acct goes inactive, all that was required to raectivate the acct was the info used to start it, and all the games in i t were still there for use.

    atlest do a little reasearch before posting such drivel

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    • August 1, 2011 at 8:11 AM

      Thank you for clearing things up. As you might know this was posted during the time every one was frantically talking about this current policy and it was a popular topic on Reddit where there were plenty of discussions going on about it.

      It’s clearly my fault for not coming back to this story and updating the current situation clearing things up for the readers but I thank you for doing that. Welcome to GotGame btw.

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